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Departure date: September 2–3 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic spot on the wall on this Great Wall overnighter. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have things delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition – on this trip we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Weather warning: If lightning or heavy rain is forecast for the weekend we will need to make a change to the plan.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Departure date: September 30-October 1 (Sat–Sun)

Camping: Hemp Village and Gubeikou Great Wall

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Hike from Hemp Village up to the Gubeikou Great Wall and camp in a tower on this relatively easy camping trip. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have the camping equipment delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition.

We’ll supply the camping equipment, water, snacks, and main meals; bring your camera and get ready to enjoy yourself!

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

Working day: for a lot of people working in Beijing, today will be the last day of work before the big October holiday.

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Departure date: October 6–7 (Fri–Sat)

Camping: Switchback Great Wall

Book your place

Take a relatively relaxed hike along the wild Great Wall and camp in a scenic on the wall on this Great Wall overnighter. We’ll take care of the heavy lifting and have things delivered direct to our campsite; you’ll be free to enjoy the scenery, sunset, stars, and sunrise without all the sweat involved in a full-on camping expedition – on this trip we’ll be taking it slow and easy.

We’ll organise delivery of tents and sleeping bags direct to our campsite; you’ll just need to carry your clothes, water, and food and snacks.

Sign up early: For best results, book in on this trip before our office closes for the holiday on October 1.

Maximum group size of 12 hikers; book early to make sure you get a spot!

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Photos from our Great Wall camping trips

Setting up camp on the Great Wall

Set up camp on the Great Wall

Interested to see what it's like on one of our Great Wall camping trips? Read through a selection of our trip reports.

Great Wall Spur camping, 2016/4/16

Great Wall Spur camping, 2016/4/16

We headed out to Huairou District to go camping on the Great Wall, and this time we made it one of the type of trips where you need to carry all the gear yourself.

Click through to see photos of the Great Wall and our camping team.

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Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/03/26

Switchback Great Wall Camping, 2016/03/26

With the temperatures warming up a little earlier this year we thought it was time to start our camping trips again.

The temperatures dipped in the week before the trip, and we were a little concerned it was going to be freezing up on the wall.

Click through to see photos from the camping trip – Great Wall, the sunset, sunrise, and more!

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Great Wall Spur Camping trip, May 2015

Great Wall Spur Camping trip, May 2015

Photos from our May holiday camping trip at the Great Wall Spur. Click through to see shots of villages, green hills, Great Wall, and our campsite!

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Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

Big Camp Plate camping trip, August 2014

Big Camp Plate is the name of a tiny village in Hebei Province, and it’s surrounded by a loop of old Great Wall – great for hiking, with some superb views from high up in the mountains.

Click through to see photos of the hikers, the Great Wall, and our little campsite!

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Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

Great Wall Spur Camping, July 2014

The Great Wall camping trips we’ve been doing this summer have been popular and superb fun, and our Great Wall Spur camping trip was no exception – very fun, but very hot!

We camped on a lovely section of wall between a tower and a rising ridge, and enjoyed a big BBQ while we waited for sunset.

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Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, May 2014

Camping at the Gubeikou Great Wall, May 2014

The Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall hike can be easily done in one day, but it’s also fun to take it more slowly. We took two days to do it, camping overnight at a nice spot right beside the Great Wall.

We took a few photos along the way; click through for a look!

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Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

Middle Switchback Great Wall camping trip, April 26-27, 2014

In late April we did a two-day trip on which we set up camp on an unrestored section of the Great Wall that we call the Switchback. Click through to see nine photos of the Great Wall, our campsite, and happy hikers.

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It was a windy day

Big Camp Plate Great Wall, 2012/04/11

Our Big Camp Plate Great Wall hike takes us over Beijing’s border and into the hills of Hebei Province. We walked a section of Great Wall that loops around the village of Big Camp Plate, and as we were walking through the village on the way back to the bus we were invited in for a look at one of the little houses – click through to see photos of the Great Wall, hikers, and what was cooking in the village house.

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Campsite in the mountains

Hiking photos - Yanqing Great Wall Camping, June 2010

This backpacking trip along the Great Wall took us into Hebei Province, where we followed the Wall between Big Camp Plate Village and Chenjiapu Village. We carried all of our food and gear, including tents, sleeping bags, clothes, and stoves, on our backs for the two-day trip. Click through to see some photos!

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Hike schedule: Great Wall Camping hikes

Departure date: September 2–3 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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Departure date: September 30-October 1 (Sat–Sun)
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Camping: Hemp Village and Gubeikou Great Wall

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Departure date: October 6–7 (Fri–Sat)
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Camping: Switchback Great Wall

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